Thailand seeks to balance the number of fishing vessels and marine resources

(vasep.com.vn) The Thai government has approved a budget of 287 million baht to compensate for the destruction of illegal fishing boats in the second phase of implementing government policies to tackle the problem. Illegal, undeclared and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

A Thai government spokesman said that the country is cracking down on IUU fishing activities, so it has banned some illegal fishing boats from operating since 2015. Therefore, the owners of these boats have to bear the costs. maintenance fee.

In order to restore the balance between the number of commercial fishing vessels and seafood resources and to compensate the affected fishing boat owners, the cabinet has allocated a budget of 287 million baht to compensate the owners of 59 fishing vessels. Illegal fishing vessels were eligible for assistance in the second. These vessels will be banned from fishing.

In the first phase, the government paid 764.45 million baht in compensation to the owners of 305 illegal fishing boats.

A Thai delegation visited Brussels to assure the European Union of Thailand's commitment to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Mr. Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakpal, assistant national police chief, led the delegation of senior police officers. Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Thai Ambassador to Belgium, accompanied the delegation in meeting with Mr. Charlina Vitcheva, Director General of the EU's Directorate for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

During the meeting, Mr. Surachate reported on Thailand's progress in cracking down on IUU fishing activities and the Thai side also sought advice from the EU on how to effectively enforce anti-IUU laws. EU representatives requested details on legal prosecutions and investigations of IUU practices.

The EU side also asked Mr. Surachate to explain how Thai agencies coordinate to track and arrest illegal fishing vessels, and they also asked for more details on related legal cases. There has been an increase in IUU fishing, especially the legal prosecution of Thai officials involved in IUU fishing.

Mr. Surachate said EU representatives had expressed interest after hearing that Thailand had stepped up efforts to try to end IUU fishing in the country. Surachate also suggested that the EU representatives consider reviewing the current status of Thailand that the kingdom has been stepping up efforts to combat IUU fishing.

The EU representatives also suggested that more cooperation between Thai Government agencies is needed for the crackdown on IUU fishing to be more effective in the long run. Surachate also said his visit to Brussels has brought the EU's attention to Thailand's commitment to combat IUU fishing and that the trip will improve the country's image in the eyes of the international community.

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